Tom Toner has been photographing wildlife in Dunshaughlin in recent years, in particular the plant and animal life which exist in the Redbog area on the outskirts of the town.
He has compiled those photographs for an interactive slideshow presentation entitled “The Redbog Bouquet”. The projection of photographs on screen is interspersed with appropriate readings, drama items and a rendition of the song “The Redbog Bouquet”.
The area referred to is a secluded wetland with restricted access to the public, and this was an ideal opportunity to illustrate the various biodiversity species on our doorstep. Verification of the various species - some of which are not normally seen in our locality - was provided by the National Botanic Gardens, BirdWatch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The social gathering event was scheduled to take place in Dunshaughlin Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 19th August in celebration of National Heritage Week, but it fell foul of the most recent COVID19 restrictions, however a recorded dress rehearsal with a limited audience and adherence to HSE guidelines was held on August 10th.
This project is part of an overall plan to focus on the Biodiversity of Redbog; the next phase is to publish the details in booklet form, and Dunshaughlin Tidy Towns Group have also commissioned a Biodiversity Management Plan which features important aspects of the Redbog project with those documents being made available to adult and youth organisations, thereby enhancing awareness of the Heritage on our Doorstep.